say I have two virtual disks (dev/sda and dev/sdbadded to my ESX CentOS 7 VM). I create two partitions (dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1). Then I create a physical volume for each and create a volume group named storage-vg and two logical volumes data and application. File system created as well: mkfs.ext3 /dev/storage-vg/data mkfs.ext3 /dev/storage-vg/application

My question is where do I mount them now ? I mean if I mount to a directory that contains already data the data will be hidden so to say. What is the best practice ? Should I create two empty directories under / ?

It might be a silly question but for someone will almost only Windows experience it's hard to understand.

  • This seems to me to hover on the "opinion-based" guideline; you can mount them anywhere you want, and there are impacts to over-mounting existing directories, as you note. Really, it boils down to "whereever you want" – Jeff Schaller Apr 12 '18 at 12:49
  • @JeffSchaller Thanks Jeff. That makes sense! – yesOrMaybeWhatever Apr 12 '18 at 13:51

If you want to have exactly one place for every mount point aside from root /, you could use the standard /mnt/my-mount-point. And eventually symlink if necessary.

I do this for my home folder for example and find it very clean, but ultimately it is opinion-based.


I am mounting /dev/sda1 in /mnt/downloads but I'd like to access this folder from ~/downloads. So I symlink it with ln utility:

ln -s /mnt/downloads $HOME/downloads

And now, doing

cd ~/downloads

Is equivalent to

cd /mnt/downloads
  • And eventually symlink if necessary. Symlink what exactly? Can you give please an example? – yesOrMaybeWhatever Apr 12 '18 at 13:50
  • @yesOrMaybeWhatever I updated my answer to clarify :-) – Jules Randolph Apr 12 '18 at 13:57
  • I would discourage /mnt personally, as I (and others?!) have a habit of mounting temporary things at /mnt, which would cover up child mounts. – Jeff Schaller Apr 12 '18 at 14:32

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